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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:06 am, Thu Nov 24, 2011.

Inmates in California prisons are behind bars for a number of reasons, be it grand theft, fraud or murder. But today, criminals will have something special to be thankful for — a hot Thanksgiving meal.

Of the 365 days a year that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has to feed the inmates in all 33 state prisons, only four of those days are reserved for special holiday meals. Thanksgiving just happens to be one of those days.

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  • Richard Turner posted at 6:50 am on Fri, Nov 25, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    It is Prison , years ago you were lucky to get bread and water !! I do feel bad that anyone is behind bars but, what if your loved one was murdered and the person that committed this crime was safe warm and enjoying a nice thanksgiving diner ?

  • David Ross posted at 10:58 pm on Thu, Nov 24, 2011.

    damiross Posts: 1

    What bunk!
    Based on experience of visiting my girlfriend in Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) over the past year:
    - the vending machines in the visiting rooms are overpriced. At one time they had 2 (two) ears of corn plus 2 pats of butter for $6.00. This is for corn that, at the time, cost 16 cents each at Safeway. Small bags of potato chips go for $1.25
    - A 12 ounce can of soda goes for $1.25.

    The food served the inmates is full of grease. Any resemblance to a real Thanksgiving dinner is in name only. Daily they have mystery meat. The mystery is to find out which of the 4,000 inmates has received the meat On the 4th of July, they served corn dogs. They removed the sticks from each one of the corn dogs!

    The visiting hours at VSPW are 9:00 to 3:00. Due to the slow processing of visitors and the need for the prisoner to walk to the visiting center, no one is able to see his loved one for the full 6 hours. (Today's (Thanksgiving Day), the visting hours were cut by 30 minutes.)

    Mr. Baker is not telling the truth. The meals aren't bigger, at least at VSPW.



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